Great North Run 2011

Congratulations and a huge “thank you” to all who took part in the BUPA Great North Run in aid of CRY on Sunday 18th September 2011.

This year we had a larger team of 68 CRY runners amongst the thousands of participants. Everyone seemed to enjoy another fantastic race day, despite the aches and pains.

The weather was almost perfect and most of our runners welcomed the downpour in the middle, it was certainly better than last year’s cloudy day. Again it was a truly incredible atmosphere, at a unique event which the charity love to be a part of.

The morning started dry and looked to be excellent conditions for our runners. The down pour during the race cooled everyone off and the sunshine came out at the end. Many of our runners struggled at the notorious incline at mile 10 of the course, but they kept on going to be greeted by the comforting sight of the sea at South Shields, which signified that the finish was near! For some of our team they already knew the famous course, especially Mark Robson as this was his 10th Great North Run.

It was wonderful to finally meet so many members of the CRY team, and put names to faces, as well as their supporters and cheerers at the finish area. This year CRY again had a stand in the Bronze Charities marquee, which was excellent for raising awareness. We branded the whole area that was allocated to us and had plenty of CRY information and literature for runners and spectators who were not familiar with the charity and wanted to find out more. Nearly all of our runners came to see us, and it was lovely to hear that many of them had supported other team members and given an encouraging pat on the back or cheer if they saw another CRY runner on the course. Martin, Charlotte, Anna & Tamsin, our four heart costume runners, seemed to receive a huge amount of support, with extra loud cheers. Our costumes are great for raising awareness of CRY, Anna and Tamsin were stopped about 6 miles in to the run for an interview and also Becky in a CRY vest, another one of our runners, got interviewed at the start.

Thank you so much to all who came to meet us, despite feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. It was a challenging day for everyone, and especially difficult for those who were running in memory of a partner, family member or friend.

We are grateful to all who have sent in photographs from the day. If you haven’t already then please do send any photos you have to becci@c-r-y.org.uk – we will include as many as possible on this webpage.

Once again, we would like to thank each and every runner for their huge efforts in completing the half marathon and fundraising for CRY. Your time and valued support are truly appreciated. Well done!

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CRY runners in the 2011 Great North Run were: Graham Belfield (running in memory of Chris Parr); Kelly Ann Brearley (running in memory of Ian Bowen); Gabby Broadhurst (running in memory of David Green); David Brown (running in memory of Daniel Page); Tom Brown (running in memory of Zoe Teale); Anna Buck (running in memory of Martyn Adam Harry Luckett); Helen Carroll; Karen Cartwright (running in memory of Llam Hipkin); Louise Clowes; Caroline Condron (running in memory of David Keirl); Andy Cooper; Charlotte Cowie (running in memory of Dave Harrop); Stuart Craig; Helen Critchlow (running in memory of Chris Parr); Tim Daniels; Heather Darby (running in memory of Neil Darby); Kate Donnachie (running in memory of Sean Farrell); Alison Edwards (running in memory of Andrew Murch); Niall Furlong; Paul Garner (running in memory of Jonathan Leigh); Debbie Greenhalgh (running in memory of Luke Shaw); John Harrison (running in memory of Graham Harrison); Martin Harrison (running in memory of Graham Harrison); Stephen Harrison (running in memory of Graham Harrison); Adam Haywood (running in memory of Jonathan Leigh); Felicity Henderson (running in memory of Alice Lyte); Becky Hinchliffe (running in memory of Peter John Hinchliffe); Kevin Houston (running in memory of Sean Farrell); Hannah Hurnell; William Hurst (running in memory of Chris Parr); Jenny Hurst (running in memory of Chris Parr); Lucy Hurst (running in memory of Chris Parr); Richard Iverson (running in memory of Graham Harrison); Sus Joerning (running in memory of Peter John Hinchliffe); Kathryn Kelly (running in memory of Neil Wickers); John Lancaster (running in memory of Zoe Teale); Damian Lathan; Craig Liddell; Charlotte Anne Luckett (running in memory of Martyn Adam Harry Luckett); Darren Maloney (running in memory of Neil Wickers); Maggie McDermott (running in memory of Alice Lyte); Ralph George Mitchell (running in memory of John McCall); Laura Moon (running in memory of Alice Lyte); Robert Page (running in memory of Jonathan Leigh); Marc Pemberton (running in memory of Neil Wickers); Lucy Rapp (running in memory of John McCall); Adam Rathbone (running in memory of Mike Rathbone); Geraint Roberts (running in memory of Les Roberts); Hannah Robinson (running in memory of Alice Lyte); Mark Robson; Ian Seal (running in memory of Jonathan Leigh); John Slater (running in memory of Neil Darby); Susan Ann Smith (running in memory of Matthew Gary Smith); Dawn Smith; Helen Sorrell (running in memory of Mathew Smith); Chris Spence (running in memory of Martyn Adam Harry Luckett); Susan Janet Stocks (running in memory of Chris Parr); Scott Stockton; Jack Storr (running in memory of Jonny Leigh); Dennis Tailor; Louise Taylor (running in memory of Neil Wickers); Kelvin John Thubron; Sean Tormay (running in memory of Neil Wickers); Daniel Watson; Susan Westwood (running in memory of Zoe Teale); Tamsin Winter (running in memory of Martyn Adam Harry Luckett);